Can I Cook Frozen Corned Beef in the Slow Cooker?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: I have a frozen corned beef still in its package. It has been frozen one year. Can I cook it frozen in a slow cooker and if so how long? Should all vegetables be added at this time? Or should it thaw first? I am cooking cabbage separately.

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Editor: From everything I’ve read, it’s not safe to cook frozen foods in the slow cooker because there’s a risk of harmful bacteria contaminating the meat before it reaches temperature. However, as long as your corned beef was well-packaged and hasn’t developed freezer burn, it should still be safe to eat! I would recommend thawing it completely in the refrigerator and then cooking it in the slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours on LOW. Here’s a little more about our own slow-cooker corned beef experiments:

Readers, what do you recommend?